Question is how to manage the slush pile without resources an agent can use so good writing gets filtered to the top.No pay no gain?
Let's all take a moment to think about this logically.
Paying for a critique or early consideration does NOT mean good writing filters to the top.
It means people who PAY get filtered to the top.
You honestly don't think those two are the same thing do you?
And if an agent hires "a reader"? You really want to pay to have someone OTHER than an agent consider your work?
This isn't digging ditches, it's not changing diapers, it's not even teaching fractions to hormone drenched tweens. It's READING for fuks sake. It's not that hard. Suck it up. We all do.
People who want to charge you money for reading fees are taking advantage of you. Don't do it.